Zhū Róngchāng (朱榮昌), a 74-year-old mainlander who lowered and burned a flag at Hong Kong’s Golden Bauhinia Square on Friday, was passed on to a mental hospital’s custody (Siu Lam Hospital, 小欖醫院) by Kowloon Magistrate’s Court on Saturday. His case was adjourned to August 5, to await medical findings.
Zhu targeted the PRC flag, according to a BBC Chinese Website report, shouting “Down with the Communist Party” (打倒共產黨).
Zhu stated in court that his action hadn’t been aimed at China, as Sun Yat-sen‘s flag, not the “marxist” one, actually represented the country (朱榮昌星期六在法庭上稱，他燒燬的是「馬克思的旗」，不代表中國；「孫中山先生的國旗」才代表中國).
According to Hong Kong’s “National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance” (國旗及國徽條例), a person
who desecrates the national flag or national emblem by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on it commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 3 years,
the BBC quotes the ordinance.
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青天白日旗才是正宗, Ming Pao (Toronto), July 24, 2011